steak

Eating on High Mileage

A lot of people question how I eat enough to withstand 100 mile weeks.  It couldn’t be possible to ever gain weight while running 100 mile weeks and you couldn’t possibly eat enough to withstand that activity…ect. 

First and foremost, I only ran 100 mile week.  I didn’t run 52 but rather just 1.  That was my peak week and most of my other weeks were between 60-80.  Most not all.  As much as I want to credit myself to running multiple 100 mile weeks, I know I would just get injured running several in a row.  (or more then 1).

I’ve rambled about this a few times but blogging nutrition and real life nutrition is not the same thing.  I feel bad for certified dieticians and nutritionists that also blog.  They get mixed in with other bloggers whose research involves personal research and study which is not the same as being certified.  Point blank: it’s not.  I’ve taken plenty of nutrition classes but don’t know nearly enough as someone who has studied and has their undergraduate, masters, or even PhD.  I can tell you what has worked for me but that is no way telling what will work for you or that is right or wrong.

The majority of healthy living blogs focus on getting enough vegetables, fiber and more vegetables into their diet.  If I ate half the amount of vegetables that some people do, I would be able to run 1 mile…maybe 2 with deciding it was time to go home.

When you run high mileage and exercise you must learn that you have to eat a lot of foods that aren’t high in fiber.  You must eat food that is still healthy but you can’t eat 3000 calories worth of broccoli.  You also can’t eat 3000 calories worth of ice cream.  Both will result in you not feeling great for a run.

A typical day for me looks something like this right now:

Breakfast: 400-500 calories

Coffee+cream (100-200 calories…my vice).

Some of my breakfast choices lately have been: Bagel and peanut butter, egg sandwich, eggs and toast, waffle with Greek yogurt or peanut butter.

A standard waffle with peanut butter and yogurt has been my go to before races right now and I think I’ll stay to that before the marathon (as well as a bagel with peanut butter while waiting around beforehand).  My standard race day nutrition used to be a bagel with peanut butter and yogurt but I had stomach cramps a few races back and it was enough to change my mind.

Raspberry pancakes make me happy

Raspberry pancakes make me happy

Bagel+peanut butter+yogurt also make me happy

Bagel+peanut butter+yogurt also make me happy

 

French toast bagels are my favorite (panera or wegmans FYI)

French toast bagels are my favorite (panera or wegmans FYI)

Run

Lunch (within an hour of running) 500-800 calories

I’ve been having a lot egg sandwiches lately.  Eggs, avocado and cheddar cheese on a bagel.  I really just have whatever is in the fridge.  It could be a sandwich, soup or salad.  I don’t have a standard post run meal or lunch. I normally just like to eat what is in the fridge.

Sometimes I’ll go to the gym in between, sometimes I won’t.   (now that I’m tapering, I don’t).

egg and ham sandwich

egg and ham sandwich

lentil soup (this cold has got me craving it)

lentil soup (this cold has got me craving it)

Soup with parm cheese so good

Soup with parm cheese so good

Random salad I attempted to make restaurant worthy...they never are as to why I try and eat salads at restaurants more.

Random salad I attempted to make restaurant worthy…they never are as to why I try and eat salads at restaurants more.

 

Snack: 200-300 calories

I consume a lot of yogurt

I consume a lot of yogurt

No really...

No really…’

Baked apples are good (especially in the cold)

Baked apples are good (especially in the cold)

I also eat bars on the go...snickers marathon bars are really good

I also eat bars on the go…snickers marathon bars are really good

I normally have a snack sometime in the middle of the day.   I’ve been enjoying apples and peanut butter lately but that is only because apples have been so cheap at stores.   I also have left overs if they are in the fridge.

Dinner: 800-1200

As if anything else is planned, my dinner is the least planned and changes daily.  I am such a meat and potatoes kind of person.  I’ll have a serving of meat (steak and fish being my favorite), some sort of vegetables (cooked kale, brussel sprouts and spaghetti squash are my current favorites) and some sort of grain.  I’ve been better about eating a carbohydrate such as bread or race.  I’m actually not a big pasta fan (I don’t like the consistency) so I tend to eat more rice and bread.

steak and potatoes

steak and potatoes

ham and potatoes (and apples)

ham and potatoes (and apples)

Sweet Potato+Salmon+mushrooms (I'm so different)

Sweet Potato+Salmon+mushrooms (I’m so different)

I normally like to make a smoothie at night with a cup of milk and protein powder.  I have a big sweet tooth so often times I’ll just have ice cream.  I don’t really schedule a treat at night but if I’m craving something I’ll have something.   Whatever I’m craving I generally have at night.  I go to bed around 9-10 personally.

ice cream

ice cream

ice cream, cherries and whip cream

ice cream, cherries and whip cream

Protein shake

Protein shake

hot cocoa and whip cream

hot cocoa and whip cream

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I know this is very vague but it’s how I eat.  I don’t worry or stress about food or getting my vegetables daily.  As much as I say I want to meal plan, I don’t. If I eat too many vegetables then I don’t feel good running.  I don’t know how people eat so many vegetables (honestly).  I do strive to get vegetables but not overboard.  I try and get enough protein, carbohydrates and fat but I don’t track it and it doesn’t ruin my day.  I found the less I stress about food the easier it is.  I’ve never had a problem getting enough food and have never lost weight during a training cycle.

I will say I’m hoping to do a carbohydrate deplete and then carb load during my final week of taper.

Questions for you:

What does a typical day for you look like?

Do you plan your food weekly or eat when you are hungry? 

Chapter 23.5: Texas

Today I leave again to go back to the East Coast.  I know it has shocked a lot of people (including myself) that I am moving so quickly (a month and a half of being in Texas).   I truly had a great time here even though it was for such a short time.  The military lifestyle is truly unpredictable and I knew that there was a chance I’d be moving back to the East coast relatively soon after moving here.  Not a month and a half, but relatively soon (I was thinking more like 5-6 months later).  I also knew there was a chance I was staying out here for four years or moving elsewhere. My heart right now is on the East Coast and as I said a while back, NJ will be a great fit for me.

I learned more in this month of being in Texas about myself then several of the semesters in college.

  1. You can’t sweat the small stuff.  Look at the bigger picture and while you might not be 100%satisfied right now…you will be.  Don’t worry about it.  For me, not having a job was and still is frustrating.  I know I will have a job that I love again soon.
  2. You can’t schedule every life event.  I tried to do that and it failed.  My move dates, plan dates, where I would move changed 6 times over the course of the month.  I hate not being able to give people direct answers of when I can hang out or if I can make stops to see them, yet right now I don’t have those answers.  Believe me it’s as obnoxious for me as probably you.   I wrote about being a planner like it was my job a while back and right now I’m spontaneous like it’s my job.
  3. Celebrate no routine.  This may be the only time for a while I have no routine.  Embrace it.
  4. Living with someone else…you must learn to adapt and change.  This could be the hardest for me and throughout the month.  With Tim not getting back until around 6-7, that is when we would generally eat dinner.  Maybe he wants to do something else.  I could have planned something all day and it doesn’t work out.  You have to learn to compromise.

Despite all this moving I am 100% happier than I have ever been in my life.  There will never be a point in my life with zero stress but this is coming pretty close.  I am 100% happy with my 2013, despite 4 moves and despite that I’m heading into another 1700 mile drive.

Prey for Lorraine and I.

Some random pictures and highlights from my (brief) Texas adventures:

My first photo of Texas

My first photo of Texas

I did win this growler at a half marathon and it goes down for best race prize ever

I did win this growler at a half marathon and it goes down for best race prize ever

Meeting and hanging out with Stephanie with so much fun.  I will truly miss you!

Meeting and hanging out with Stephanie with so much fun. I will truly miss you!

The night we found out we were Jersey bound

The night we found out we were Jersey bound

Tim's graduation and his parents, sister and baby coming to visit.

Tim’s graduation and his parents, sister and baby coming to visit.

Living 2 miles from Mexico

Living 2 miles from Mexico

Medium rare steak all the time.  I will miss cheap steak in Texas.

Medium rare steak all the time. I will miss cheap steak in Texas.

Sun rises and sun sets are to die for here.

Sun rises and sun sets are to die for here.

 

So that’s it in a nutshell.  I’m happy, I’m moving and I can’t wait to start another new chapter of my life.  One of the shorter chapters of my autobiography I guess I’ll title it Chapter 23.5…Texas.  Straight and to the point.   I’m 23 this about my half birthday and I spent some time in Texas.

Question for you:

How do you eat your steak?

Medium rare and mooing for me.

Prettiest sunset/sunrise ever? 

 

Tales of the Funemployed

I feel like after a week of deep posts I owe you a light hearted fun post.  In case you missed any of my posts this week and don’t feel like looking at the side hand bar…

The Care Free Miles -Why I don’t run for time, pace or mileage these days

Comparison-Why comparing yourself to someone’s perfect selfie is silly

How Social Media Skewed my Thoughts of Running Fast-Fast runners…fast runners everywhere

Just kidding but that would be great blogging technique right?  I will tell you what I’ve been up to just for good measure.

First I’ve spent a solid 10-20 hours (seems like a good estimate) applying for jobs in NJ and PA.  I am trying not to stress myself out but job searching is hard work and stressful.  Right now I am thinking, am I good enough?  Why would a company want to hire me?  Then I realize I spent four years in college working my butt off. Then I spent another year working and loving my job so yes I am a good candidate.  As alluring as full time blogging is I don’t have the grammar and spelling skills nor do I have the interest to full time blog forever.  (I mean full time blogging and running pays the bills right?  (Well, no not for me).

I’ve also been running…a lot.  One of my favorite loops around town goes straight to the boarder of Mexico.  I finally remembered to bring my camera and in more proper blogging technique I stopped and took some photos.  I would have live tweeted them while running, but I think I would have gotten hit by a car or attacked by a Rottweiler or pitbull.

Mexico boarder

Mexico boarder

This week is going to be a powerhouse running week (peak week 1) for me and will hopefully be around 90 miles.  Knock on wood I’ve been recovering well and doing what I need to be doing.  It also helps that my only jobs right now are to apply for jobs, eat, sleep and run.

Climbing the Fence to Mexico...

Climbing the Fence to Mexico…

As far as my nutrition front (lolz):

I tried quail for the first time this week too.  I always see these pesky birds while running but when they are cooked it’s like the chef just chopped off the heads and cook them up.  It’s a little intimidating to eat but it was really good.  It really just reminded me of chicken.

This quail is alive.

This quail is alive.

A quail (and steak) on my plate.

A quail (and steak) on my plate.

Since it’s not real life until I show you a picture of a dessert I’ve consumed…I ate this fried ice cream.  It was delicious as anything fried is..as I’m sure 95% of comments will be about how delicious fried ice cream is.

This is fried ice cream.

This is fried ice cream.

My only plans this weekend are to pack the house and prepare for leaving Texas next week.  I’ll probably post more concrete plans once I know of them but the Russian Roulette of my life is ever changing and once I post a blog topic…it will probably change.

Questions for you:

Have you ever tried Quail?

Have you been to Mexico?

What are your plans this weekend? 

Enjoying My Time

I know my blog is often associated with waffles, pancakes but occasionally….well the majority of meals I like to eat other food too.  This can serve as a life update post too because those have been few and far between.  I’ve been working and going out to eat the majority of time catching up with friends.  It’s somewhat expensive, yes, but I’ve accepted August will not be the month for me to be frugal and since I saved up enough working both jobs and I won’t have the luxury of seeing a lot of people once I move for a while…Not to say I’m going crazy and spending my entire savings account but I’m panicking when I spend more money then usual.

I apologize if some have already appeared on instagram and you feel you feel like you are seeing déjà vu.

This is long overdo but there is another Oiselle athlete in my area Mollie is simply incredible.  I’m not sure anything I could say could give her a proper introduction but she is gorgeous, down to earth, 16 minute 5ker and actually also expecting very soon!  Anyways, I’ve gone out with her a couple of times and people like her make me wish I wasn’t leaving the area right now.

Mollieandi

Not to mention eating with Ashleigh.  Ashleigh is one of my good friends that I’m always so glad to be able to hang out with her.

AshleighandI

I ended up ordering the steak salad which was quite good.  It had all my credentials after all…steak and crumbly blue cheese.

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In the midst of work, I was able to eat lunch with Stella.  We went to the Yorgo’s Bageldashery in Norfolk.

StellaandI

Although I’m not vegan, they had a lot of great vegan choices.  (Literally half their menu was vegan).  I opted for a bagel with salmon on it which was awesome.  It still doesn’t beat the Baglary in my college down.  Those were the best.

bagel

So that is just a few of my friend adventures in the last week or so.  Outside of a normal 40 hour work week, I’ve been packing like a mad woman and enjoying my last few weeks with my parents and family.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite restaurant ever? Why? 

Vacation Dinner Food

And foodie day 2. 

So anyways, in San Antonio we ended staying directly on the Riverwalk.  If you have never been there, it’s a nice stretch of River where you walk…go figure.  (Isn’t it nice when things are exactly what they appear to be?) It’s a few miles long and had restaurants, bars, stores…everything for your tourist encounters.  It’s a lot of fun and something that is on the San Antonio big tourist list.

To the untrained eye this just looks like a picture of us being tourists but really it is us on top of the bridge where Selena was filmed.

timandi

The first thing I wanted after checking into our hotel was Mexican food.  More like guacamole.  We stopped at the first restaurant we saw called the Maria Mia.

guacomole

The singing mariachi band swarmed us before we could even order and sang.  I dubbed them my vacation boyfriends.

singingmen

Maria Mara asked if we wanted guacamole with our chips…what a silly question.  I basically ate this entire thing.  I have never been to a restaurant where so many staff asked how we were doing.  I almost couldn’t choke down my food because every minute someone else was asking.

tacosalad

Anyways back to my salad. If this was how my vacation was going to go…well I didn’t mind one bit.  I love taco salads, nothing beats the moment when you are like done with my salad…now I got a taco to eat.

I had a few taco salads on my vacation (by a few I mean 4).

bonus round

bonus round

We also went to a restaurant called Texas de BrazilThis is a chain restaurant and it has probably become my favorite restaurant of all time.  It isn’t cheap (roughly 50 dollars per person) but it is 100% worth it.  You have unlimited salad bar with everything from goat cheese, asparagus, smoked salmon, couscous…really everything.

This was 1 of about 10 rounds.

This was 1 of about 10 rounds.

Then they bring you all different types of meats whenever you want.  There are literally waiters that go around the restaurant and their only job is to serve the various types of meats: steak, pork, filet mignon, lamb.  You can choose pieces cooked anywhere from medium rare to well done (but it seems like a sin in Texas to get anything not medium rare…I like that anyways).  I left barely waddling out and all I wanted to do after was sleep.  So I did.

Medium rare prime rib

Medium rare prime rib perfection

If you are anywhere near one a Texas de Brazil, I highly recommend it.  Not only because you the food is amazing, but because it is just a really cool and interesting experience.  Just to give you an idea, there was a lady on tight ropes doing flips and stuff behind glass…while we were eating.  I should have taken a photo but I was too busy eating.

Isn’t that what vacation is for?

Questions for you:

Favorite restaurant of all time?

Have you ever been to the River Walk? 

WIAW with the Parents

I never really intend for my blog to be have very many whiney posts but it is realistic updates  of what is going on in my life, whether it’s pancakes, running or life in general.  There haven’t been a lot of life in general posts because quite frankly I haven’t had a lot to report.  I’m boring…sue me.  I don’t have a lot of friends…sue me.   I don’t go out binge drinking with undergradates that I’m trying to teach them alternatives to that culture…sue me.  What am I going to recap each weekend…hanging out and eating popcorn while gossiping on a Friday night with my housemate?  I know it probably thrills you.  I can’t say it’s completely being busys fault but I can say that I haven’t really made the biggest effort to stay busy

I just quite frankly don’t care and I don’t plan to stay in the arctic tundra for my entire life.  I really love my job (and educating students…that’s a post in itself) but outside of that…I don’t know.   Long story short, I’m in a bit of a funk.

So yes, this WIAW with my parents has kind of turned into a bit of a life update which I’m fine with.  As long as I attach a photo of ice cream, I’ll get everyone to just comment on how good ice cream is right?  Moving on, I think part of the reason that I’ve had a hard time here is that the town itself is not runner friendly.

My dad:  I don't want that specialty crap.  I just want plain vanilla ice cream...I'll be bold and go with a cone.

My dad: I don’t want that specialty crap. I just want plain vanilla ice cream…I’ll be bold and go with a cone.

Not runner friendly meaning the terrain and packed snow make it impossible to run outside.  There aren’t many people that run…in Syracuse sure but that is 45 minutes away and if I plan to never eat again I guess I could make that drive everyday.  Plus it’s obviously just a touch to cold to be outdoors anyways…Running isn’t my whole life though and that’s fine.  I can mindlessly watch TV.

We also split Red Velvet Cake

We also split Red Velvet Cake

While I’ve made great friends, most of my friends aren’t here.  Though I’m not really sure where they are.  Who exactly am I considering my friends that aren’t here, my family and Tim?  I mean I guess both technically are.

Greek food is the key to my heart

Greek food is the key to my heart

For me personally, I find February to be an overall funky month.  Last year at this time I was just recovering from a broken arm.  We did have a warmer winter last year (compared to the winter 2 years ago when it was -30 quite a few times (good thing my hair froze multiple times to and from swim practice) This year it’s much more snowy and winter like but at least not that cold.   Some people might enjoy the winter I’m not one of them…I just find February a month to get through.  Though it’s the shortest month, it sure feels like the longest.

hotel coffee

hotel coffee

hotel waffle

hotel waffle

Here is some food because I did title it a WIAW post with my parents:

Cat fish.

Cat fish.

Finally, I’m taking requests for more main girl videos so feel free to comment here, email or tweet me ideas.

Question for you:

What month is the hardest for you to get through?

Do you have a handful of closer friends or a bunch of good friends? 

Friday Catchup

Thanks for everyone and their support with PMB yesterday.  I hope more and more people enjoying showcasing their brags and what makes them awesome.  Anyways continuing on.  Today, I’ll just catch you up on my life this week I guess, mostly from instagram because that is the easiest to remember what I did.

This week has gone by so slow, first and foremost.  Seriously I thought with the election the week would have popped but that was not the case.  Thank goodness we didn’t get all that snow like a lot of the north east. 

The highlight of my week was on Tuesday, I had dinner with Katelyn down in Syracuse at a local bar and boy was it good.

 

Hands down that was one of the best salads I’ve had in a very long time.  It was nice being able to catch up with her too because we are both soooo busy. 

I saw some deer randomly on a run that was enjoyable…

I have to say that I’ve been feeling really down in the dumps and very UNMOTIVATED lately. 

snow. Boo.

Seriously, I don’t even know what to make of it.  I think this change will be very good for me.  As you guys know, I’m not a fan of the cold, snow or any part of it (why am I in upstate again…oh right I love my job) but it’s very hard for me to be motivated to go out and enjoy myself when it’s freezing…plus I’ve been stuck in the same rut between workouts.  My day goes: wakeup, eat, run, work, lift, eat, sleep.  Everyday or some variation of that.  So it will be nice to get a change.

But at least Lakeside always has some gorgeous sun sets (at 4:30pm)

Questions for you: 

What have you been up to this week?   

Do you like change?

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